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Old.Classroom.Phil.RoederTaking Alhambra from Failure to Excellence in Preservation 101

Join Alhambra Preservation Group for its spring event where we’ll host a conversation with Los Angeles Conservancy’s Director of Advocacy, Adrian Scott Fine, on the steps Alhambra can take to improve its annual preservation grade. Together we’ll learn how we can transform Alhambra from a municipality at the bottom of the Preservation 101 class into a city that receives straight A’s in the preservation and protection of its architectural resources!

Here’s the when and where:

When: 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014

Where: The Auditorium at The Alhambra (the former C.F. Braun campus), 1000 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA  91803

Validated parking will be available; enter through the kiosk on Fremont Avenue.

Please RSVP at (626) 755-3467 or e-mail us at info@alhambrapreservation.org to reserve your spot at this important event.

Photo courtesy of Phil Roeder via flickr.com/creativecommons

 

 

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Mailboxes.taylor.aIn your mailbox last week, you probably noticed a letter from Alhambra Preservation Group (APG) containing information about our 2014 membership campaign.

If you haven’t done so already, we invite you to take a moment, read the letter and consider joining Alhambra Preservation Group. Established in 2003 and incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2006, APG is uniting a growing number of Alhambra households, business and community leaders in a forward-thinking mission of protecting and celebrating Alhambra’s historical, architectural and cultural resources.

Alhambra Preservation Group offers membership opportunities at three levels, each with its own associated benefits. We invite your participation and welcome your support.  In exchange, we can promise you a full calendar of fun and educational activities, opportunities to meet neighbors, discover new friendships and, most importantly, to deepen and “grow” your investment in Alhambra—our shared “home town.”

If you didn’t receive our membership information, please give us a call at (626) 755-3467 or send us an e-mail at info@alhambrapreservation.org!

Photo courtesy of taylor.a via flickr.com.

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DSC_0237At an evening award ceremony on October 17, Alhambra Preservation Group will present its 2013 Heritage Home Awards to the owners of four distinguished Alhambra homes. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center Library, 101 South First Street and is free to the public.  All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served and ample free parking is available in the library’s underground parking structure.

The 2013 Heritage Home Awards will mark the fifth year of this program, which recognizes homeowners who have restored or maintained their older, historic homes in a manner that is sensitive to their architectural period and style and that recognizes the value of these properties to the community at large.

The annual Heritage Home Awards presentation is a popular and well-attended event.  Each of the homes is showcased in an audio-visual presentation that is both educational and inspiring, offering both exterior and interior views of some of Alhambra’s extraordinary historic housing stock, along with insights into the history and context of each of the homes.  APG President, Chris Olson, described the event as, “a virtual home tour, without the walking — or the price of a ticket!  It’s a great deal and it’s always a fun evening.”

Alhambra Preservation Group was founded in 2003 by residents eager to promote and protect Alhambra’s rich and historic architectural heritage. To learn more about APG or this upcoming event, please follow us on Facebook or call (626) 755-3467.

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Is a new building the most sustainable choice? Buildings are our most significant consumer products. Yet, every day, these structures are demolished—often in the name of environmental responsibility.  Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish over one-third of our building stock (over 82 billion square feet) in order to replace seemingly inefficient buildings with energy-efficient “green buildings.” Is demolition in the name of sustainability truly the best use of natural, social and economic resources?

The award-winning film, The Greenest Building explores this question with noted preservationists, architects and green building consultants discussing the environmental impact of demolition, the needs of communities to reflect a “sense of place,” and the proposition that the greenest building may, in fact, be the one that is already built.  The film showcases examples of creatively repurposed historic buildings that have been upgraded to LEED standards, serving their owners and occupants as 21st Century workplaces while preserving the unique character of their surrounding communities.

Alhambra Preservation Group will present a screening of The Greenest Building, followed by a discussion by a panel of experts from the fields of architecture, historic preservation and urban planning.  The screening and discussion will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in Reese Hall at the Alhambra Civic Center Library, located at 101 S.First Street. All are welcome to attend; the event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Ample parking is available, at no charge, in the library’s underground parking structure.

For more information about the showing of The Greenest Building or to RSVP, please call (626) 755-3467.

* Photo Courtesy of Alhambra Preservation Group.

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